UK burqa clad mother not allowed to attend son’s school function

April 4th, 2009 - 2:15 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr.4 (ANI): A Muslim mother has been turned away from a school parents’ evening for her son because she was wearing a full-length veil.

According to The Telegraph, police were called when the 34-year-old refused to leave Our Lady and St. John Catholic Art College, in Blackburn, Lancashire, which she attended herself.

The comprehensive school operates a policy which requires anyone entering the building to remove specific headwear for identification purposes.She claims the problem first surfaced at a parents’ evening two years ago when she was told she was not allowed into the main hall while wearing her niqab.

A minority of Muslim women in the UK as part of their religious beliefs, to protect their modesty from men, wears the full veil, which covers all the body except the eyes.

The woman, who does not wish to be named, said: “I explained that I was willing to take off the veil in front of the female teachers, but not the male teachers.

“A year later the same thing happened when I went to drop my son off at the school. Then this week at a parent’s evening I signed myself in and saw two teachers in the library as I was not allowed in the main hall.

“Then I got asked by a senior member of staff whether I was aware of the school’s policy on identification.”

Since the issue arose in 2007, the school’s policy has been amended to include full veils with items such as hoodies and crash helmets that have to be removed before entering the building.

The woman claims that had she been made aware of the change in advance, she would not have enrolled her son at her former school. (ANI)

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